The 1988 Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey movie Beaches is deservedly beloved by many, but if you look at the basics of the plot, it is a bit like a Lifetime movie. Now it’s becoming one, with Lifetime remaking the film (or at least re-adapting Iris Rainer’s novel), with Idina Menzel and Nia Long.
Once more the movie will chart the relationship between CC (Menzel) and Hillary (Long), who meet as children and maintain their friendship as they age, despite coming from different backgrounds and their lives going in different directions. There will be some differences though, with THR saying that, the ‘remake will follow CC as she builds her career in Los Angeles, whereas the original took the young pair to NYC while CC made a name for herself on Broadway.’
The film will certainly trade on the earlier version though, with Menzel offering new takes on Midler’s classic songs that featured on the Beaches soundtrack, Wind Beneath My Wings and The Glory of Love. You can get a taste for Menzel’s Wind Beneath My Wings in the background of the new trailer for the movie below. Beaches will first air on Lifetime in January.